Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Today, we have the beautiful account of St. Stephen's witness to Christ and its consequence - his eventual stoning and death.
Proclaiming the truth is often a dangerous undertaking. People don't like to hear it and often would rather act on the misconceptions of their own making.
The error, however, of acting on what is not true, leads to more error until the truth is so obscure that it takes what seems like extraordinary means to unearth it.
For Stephen, it meant risking and giving up his life. For us, only God knows, and yet for Stephen, you and me, it meant and means the promise of everlasting life and glory.
Certainly the price seems high, but ahh, the reward!
Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania,